bacterial vaginosis


: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of excessive amounts of some bacteria (especially Gardnerella vaginalis)

called also nonspecific vaginitis

Examples of bacterial vaginosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, bacterial vaginosis and genital herpes are detected around 39% and 48% of the time with a pelvic examination.4 A self-exam is neither recommended nor effective in detecting cervical cancer or precancerous changes. Tracee Cornforth, Verywell Health, 30 Jan. 2024 That could be a sign of an STI such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, or gonorrhea, or of the infection bacterial vaginosis (BV). Mara Santilli, SELF, 26 Jan. 2024 Are Black women more susceptible to bacterial vaginosis? Dominique Fluker, Essence, 18 Jan. 2024 Past research has identified two specific imbalances of the vaginal microbiota that commonly lead to bacterial vaginosis. Lori Youmshajekian, Scientific American, 6 Dec. 2023 An imbalance of these microbes are associated with certain infections and medical conditions, such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), a painful condition that affects about 30 percent of women between the ages of 14 and 49 in the U.S. Bacterial vaginosis is very ill-defined, Ravel says. Lori Youmshajekian, Scientific American, 6 Dec. 2023 Here’s how to prevent bacterial vaginosis: Don’t use scented products. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 6 Oct. 2023 Plenty else had been down there: fingers, tongues, a whole clove of garlic (for bacterial vaginosis), various buzzing rubber toys (for fun). Clare Sestanovich, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 For years, Black entrepreneur Beatrice Dixon suffered from chronic bacterial vaginosis. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Bacterial vaginosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

bacterial vaginosis

bacterial vag·​i·​no·​sis -ˌvaj-ə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce bacterial vaginosis (audio)
: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of a bacterium especially of the genus Gardnerella (G. vaginalis synonym Haemophilus vaginalis)
abbreviation BV

called also nonspecific vaginitis

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